Spinach, slices of cucumber, grapes, and cherries — no, you’re not making a fresh summer salad. You’re incorporating some all natural techniques into your morning beauty routine. Don’t roll those puffy little eyes of yours. While slicing grapes in half and using the fruit acids as natural exfoliators might seem a little, well, hippie nature girl, the technique works. You don’t need costly chemical-packed products for smooth skin and healthy hair, nor do you need to labor in front of the mirror for hours trying to mask the fact you only got three hours of sleep. With these easy do-it-yourself beauty techniques, you can relax and let nature work its magic.
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Boost Your Complexion
Natural products are in, and products with synthetic additives are out. Beauty products with veggie and fruit extracts are jam-packed with antioxidants. These antioxidants work to boost your complexion and give your skin a radiant glow. A note of warning: if you’re allergic to a particular fruit or vegetable, then don’t use a beauty product containing an extract of it to avoid an adverse reaction. Boost your complexion with Aubrey’s Pure Aloe Vera. It’s made with 98 percent organic ingredients, and a 4-ounce bottle retails for $7.95. Another option is Saaf Pure Organic Skincare. This complexion boosting face serum retails from $20-$29.99.
To Mask a Sleepless Night
Can you remember the last time you actually got between seven and nine hours of sleep? While experts agree this is the magic number, many of us are lucky to get half of that. When we look in the mirror after a sleepless night, we’re anything but a fresh-faced fountain of youth. In order to get rid of tired, puffy eyes, use a chilled eye cream. Kiss My Face Eyewitness Repair Cream is 84 percent organic and retails for $19. The Tata Harper Skincare Restorative Eye Cream is a higher-end cream for $90. It has natural ingredients like calendula, arnica, eyebright flower, and rose essential oil.
If you wear contact lenses, remember that not all lenses are created equal. For instance, Air Optix contact lenses allow five times more oxygen flow to your eyes than other brands. To combat the puffy eyes blues, be sure to take out your contact lenses before going to bed.
Add High-Wattage Shine to Your Hair
There are all sorts of shampoos on the market that promise to add shine to your hair, but few of them really work. Tea, however, is said to lower the pH of hair, creating softness, gloss, and manageability. Whenever you need a boost of shine, all you need to do is steep two tea bags in 2 cups of water, let it cool, then pour the mixture over your wet, just-washed hair. Let it sit for 10 minutes, rinse it out, and rewash your hair to seal in the gloss. Brunettes should use a dark tea to add high wattage shine to their hair, while blondes should use something light and golden like chamomile.
For the Feet and Hands
Mix 2 tablespoons of cornmeal and 2 tablespoons of mashed banana, and you will have yourself a natural exfoliate and deflaker. This is the perfect treat for your hands and feet, especially if they are chapped, rough, or calloused. The theory is simple: the cornmeal exfoliates, while the banana softens the skin. Massage the mixture into your hands and feet until they begin to feel soft.
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